My Web My Way relaunch: more accessibility information
If you've visited the My Web My Way accessibility pages on BBC Online during the last few months you'll have seen a promo inviting users to preview a new version of the site.
This version revealed the beginnings of a more detailed and user-friendly My Web My Way, which I'm delighted to say has just launched in full.
My Web My Way is designed to educate audiences with accessibility needs about how to get the best out of the web - not just BBC Online - by using personalisation features in their browsers or operating systems, or using assistive technologies like screenreaders.
It's estimated that around 11 million adults have a form of disability and that this group tends towards 'heavy' media consumption - increasingly online. The BBC's sixth Public Purpose is to deliver the benefits of technology to the public, and this public must be as wide as possible. Because of this we've invested time in updating our accessibility information for the benefit of users with impairments - whether visual, hearing-related, motor-related or cognitive. Of course there are other providers of this kind of information, but to many the BBC is a trusted guide to the web.
So - what's changed?
Key features of the new My Web My Way are:
Improved signposting and easy-to-use main menu, helping users locate the right 'How to' guide for them based on their needs;
Introduction of informational videos within the guides which will live alongside transcripts of information;
A visual overhaul to increase alignment with other sections of BBC Online and updated user experience;
A 'jargon buster' which provides a definition of commonly-used terms relating to accessibility, disability, and computers in general;
Share functionality allowing users to spread awareness of helpful information.
Overall, My Web My Way is now a more detailed and up-to-date accessibility hub which should be easier for users to find their way through, ensuring they get the best from the web.
Jonathan Hassell is Head of Usability & Accessibility, BBC Future Media